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Ed.D. in Elementary Education Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online with Optional Intensives
Transfer Credits
Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Oct 22, 2018
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Create Effective Learning Environments with an Online Doctor of Education in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education

Do you want to reach the pinnacle of achievement for advanced education studies? Liberty University’s online Doctor of Education (EdD) program provides all of the critically advanced education administration, research, curriculum development, and learning theory skills and knowledge needed to help you make a positive impact on the world of education. Liberty University’s online EdD in Curriculum and Instruction – Elementary Education will make you an expert in Elementary education, classroom management, and content development so that you can create fun and effective learning environments for your students. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctorate in Education?

Through Liberty University’s Doctorate in Education online program, you will engage with knowledgeable professionals in the field of education who will mentor you in your development as an advanced educator, administrator, and researcher. The EdD degree offers a robust theoretical framework that extends your teaching methods and theories to a higher order of application, allowing you to evaluate and address teaching challenges in K-12 institutions and at the university level. Liberty’s online EdD degree allows you to focus on your coursework at home and complete essential hands-on training with flexible scheduling that will meet your needs. Unlike many doctoral programs, Liberty’s online EdD degree integrates the doctoral dissertation research into your course material so that you can complete this comprehensive demonstration of your education expertise more quickly.

The Elementary Education area of study provides additional specialized instruction and curriculum development training for the Elementary level. With the Elementary Education track for the online EdD degree, you will be equipped to create fun and effective exercises, teaching tools, and lesson plans for kindergarten through sixth grade, with the option to add additional licensure track requirements for initial, advanced, and add-on licensure. 

Student Testimonial

When the superintendent of his local public school system retired, Liberty University Online graduate Dr. Richard J. Ney of New Jersey submitted his application for the position.

“After an intense round of interviews where I competed against a number of other qualified candidates, I was appointed superintendent and chief school administrator [in New Jersey]. I do not believe that I would have succeeded without having completed my doctoral studies at Liberty University.”

– Dr. Richard J. Ney; Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

What Will You Learn in the Ed.D. Program?

The core content of the online EdD program will enhance your understanding of core educational concepts while giving you practical classroom management tools and help you publish cutting-edge research. The online EdD degree advances your skills in Quantitative and Qualitative Methods of research, establishes Advanced Learning Theory and Research skills, and provides many other essential competencies for advanced educators.

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Program Highlights
Degree Information
Military Benefits
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Highlights of the Ed.D. Online Program

  • By earning your EdD online from a non-profit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • You will learn how to create and administer effective educational environments.
  • Develop educational management skills and foster leadership in teachers and students.
  • Optional intensives give you the chance to meet your peers and professors while developing your writing and research for your final dissertation phase.
  • You can complete Liberty’s EdD online 3-year program that includes an integrated Dissertation process allowing you to work toward your final research project while completing your coursework.
  • You may also be interested in the online Education Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree.

Doctor of Education Online – Elementary Education Degree Information and Requirements

  • This program falls under the School of Education.
  • Download and review the Degree Completion Plan.
  • View the Doctoral Advising Guide for more information about the research, intensives, and dissertation project.
  • An education background check is required for all courses beyond EDUC 701.
  • Please note that some states may have additional steps and requirements for licensure.
  • View the Graduate Course Syllabi (login required).

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Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate students (per credit hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Potential Career Options for EdD Graduates with the Elementary Education Focus

  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Instructional Supervisor
  • School Administrator
  • Teacher
  • College Administrator 

As a terminal degree, Liberty’s online Doctorate in Education will provide many new opportunities to students currently holding licensure, seeking advanced or add-on licensure, or who are working in a field that does not require licensure. Students who become a Doctor in Education through Liberty’s online EdD degree will receive a credential accredited by NCATE and will complete a doctoral dissertation that will demonstrate specialized advanced research.

You will also gain hands-on experience through group work and research mentorship. This way, as a graduate of the EdD degree you will be able to conduct additional research and content development in an academic setting, for third-party curriculum development companies, work in K-12 districts to develop more effective learning content, and teach at the college level. As supplemental income through adjunct college teaching, or in seeking a full-time higher education position with a college, you may be able to use your EdD degree to teach undergraduate and often graduate-level college students.

Admission Requirements for Our Online Ed.D. Degree

A regionally or nationally accredited master’s degree with a 3.0 or above GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Statement of Purpose (login required)
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

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